Bad weather means challenging driving conditions for lower North Island / upper South Island roads


Heavy Rain Warming and Strong Wind Watches mean road users must be ready for driving hazards in the lower North and upper South Islands today

The Metservice has Heavy Rain Warnings in place today for Tasman northwest of Motueka, the Richmond and Bryant Ranges, and the Rai Valley.

This weather will affect drivers using State Highway 6 and State Highway 60. Drivers using these routes must be alert for slips, tree falls, and localised flooding

The Metservice has also issued a Strong Wind Warning for Wellington, with severe northerly gales forecast. This means  that drivers of trucks, vans, motorcycles, towing vehicles, and light vehicles must take extra care on exposed routes. This includes State Highway 2 Remutaka Hill and the Wainui Saddle on State Highway 1 Transmission Gully.

With the bad weather forecast to continue until early tomorrow (Monday), it is essential people drive to the conditions and take extra care on the roads. This includes reducing speed, increasing following distances, and using headlights when visibility is poor.

In bad weather, roads can be closed at short notice. Drivers should check road and weather conditions before travelling.